Kojuro and the Bears1987single work picture book children's This story describes the hardships and sorrows of a bear hunter. Kojuro comes to regret that he must kill the bears in order to make a living. Eventually, the wheel turns and his life is ended by a bear. (Source:From the book)
A Piece of Straw1985single work picture book children's fable Yohei was a kind but poor man who went every day to pray at the shrine. On the hundredth day the wind blew and told Yohei to take heed of that which first came to mind. As he left the shrine Yohei fell down. As he was getting up he noticed that he was holding a piece of straw. He tied a horsefly to the end and continued on his way. He swapped the straw for two mandarines then swapped those for two rolls of silk and so on until he eventually swapped a horse for a house and land belonging to a Samurai who had been summoned urgently to the Emperor. Yohei and his new wife threw a party for all the villagers to celebrate their good fortune.(Source: From Book)
The Inch Boy1984single work picture book children's Issunboshi's smallness (he was only an inch tall) did not discourage him from his ambition to become a famous samurai and to serve a noble Lord in Kyoto.